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Semester Conversion

Semester Course Guidelines

Course Numbering and Structure

The course-level structure below has been established by the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost.

  • Entry-level courses and course sequences should be assigned the "lowest" course numbers. More rigorous courses and course sequences should be assigned "higher" course numbers. Please note: BoK designations should generally be given to freshman and sophomore-level courses only.
     
  • BoK designated courses should be introductory and should also be appropriate as a "complete" introduction to a field, one that could be the only course that students take in a partricular discipline. These courses should be of general value and interest and might be ones that programs recommend to their students on a routine basis. Generally they have few or no pre-requisites. The BoK designation is usually reserved for freshman (1000) and sophomore (2000) level courses. In a very few instances, programs may provide a BoK designation to 3000 level courses, although the above characteristics should apply.
     
  • Courses or course sequences that are meant to "follow" other courses or course sequences should be numbered sequentially, as appropriate. You may wish to provide sequential gaps in numbering so as to accommodate the addition of future courses within the overall progression.
     
  • A laboratory course number will carry either a "C" or "L" suffix. A combined lecture / lab course will carry the "C" suffix, with the "C" affixed programmatically. A stand-alone laboratory course will carry the "L" suffix. When building a content course and a corresponding, stand-alone laboratory course, assign the same course number for both courses. Only the "L" or "C" suffix will be affixed to the course number. You may assign the honors and service learning attributes to the course with this form, but both will be displayed only at the class section level on the transcript and class schedule.
     
  • Honors courses will be denoted at the section level. It is no longer necessary to build separate courses to denote "honors" (denoted by the "H" suffix) and "non-honors" versions of a course. The "H" attribute code will be affixed and displayed at the class-section level rather than at the course level.
     
  • Service Learning courses will be denoted at the section level. It is no longer necessary to build separate courses to denote "service-learning" (denoted by the "S" suffix) and "non-service-learning" versions of a course. The "S" attribute code will be affixed and displayed at the class section level rather than at the course level.
     
  • Cross listed courses should be assigned identical course numbers and titles, though each will carry a unique discipline code (e.g., History of Jewish Civilization = HIST 1027 and JUDC 1027).
     
  • Graduate courses taught in conjunction with an undergraduate course should vary only in the first digit of the course number (e.g., 1001 for the undergraduate version, 7001 for the graduate version).
     

Credit Hour Guide

All semester programs should reflect a decrease in the credit hours within the major by approximately 1/3 as compared to the quarter version of the major and the ratio of General Education courses to major courses should remain approximately identical. The typical undergraduate course should be three credit hours.
 

Minimum Credit Hours for Degree Completion

(Provostal approval will be required for all programs requiring more than the minimum)

Associate: 60 credit hours
Bachelors: 120 credit hours
Masters: 30 credit hours
Doctorate: 60 credit hours
 

Course-Level Structure

0000-0999: Developmental courses 4000-4999: 4th Year (Senior) courses
1000-1999: 1st Year (Freshman) courses 5000-5999: Senior-level research, project or capstone courses
2000-2999: 2nd Year (Sophomore) courses      6000-6999: Undergraduate/Graduate dual credit level courses
3000-3999: 3rd Year (Junior) courses 7000-9999: Graduate-level only courses


NOTE: Course level is reported to the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) and is a a basis for subsidy. Course level should be evaluated on the basis of instructional objective and contribution to a degree program. (OBR course level guidelines DOC)